ARCHIVE NUMBER: PZ0047.01 Guns, Weapons: The Right to Bear Arms. Ten of thousands of people are killed every year in the United States by guns. Hundreds of thousands are wounded. Countless others are threatened by them. Are all these deaths and injuries the price we must pay to preserve our constitutional right to bear arms? Or does the Second Amendment only guarantee that right to a specifically organized militia? Produced by David Selvin. Executive Produced by Adi Gevins.
The Militia is all men over 18 and able-bodied. This is distinct from a standing army, who are professional soldiers, and illegal under the Constitution (except for the Navy.) There is simply no other legitimate interpretation.
"Well regulated", by the way, means "well equipped" - i.e., equipped according to Army regulation. This means that the Militia is to have the same standard weapons as any "well" equipped individual soldier.
The Supreme Court has affirmed that this applies to individuals.
By the way, there are very good reasons we are to have a Militia and NOT a standing army. Mainly, standing armies consume a nation's wealth, foster endless imperialism, and are eventually used to oppress the very people they were formed to "protect."